Keeping pets is a habit that goes way back into our hunter-gatherer past, and has played an important part in our evolution.
Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
When humans are happy, they may smile, or laugh, or dance - but what do animals do? Melissa, age 12, wants to know how she can tell if her cat is happy and likes you.
The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
Digital and animal cultures pose a profound challenge to the law’s recognition of human uniqueness.
Bees sting other animals, including humans, when they think there might be a threat to their hive. But Evie, age 8, wonders if bees ever accidentally sting other bees.
In the wake of natural disasters, pets are be stranded, lost or abandoned. There are simple guidelines that can help keep your whole family safe.
Volunteers are leading the investigation into a vicious UK animal killer.
Bear-man conflicts have made news in the Alps but history tells a story of a possible cohabitation.
They survived the pressures of globalisation and now thrive internationally.
Bugs use their own defecation to defend their young, locate their homes and increase mating opportunities. For humans, insect faeces may even have untapped medicinal properties.
We're used to thinking of our eyes detecting light as the foundation of our visual system. But what's going on in other cells throughout the body that can detect light, too?
A collection of The Conversation Global's best articles on animals, from glow-in-the-dark frogs to the wood beetles that do humanity's dirty work.
There's a terrifying species that spreads rapidly, breeds prolifically and eats hundreds of plants. But the first research into the actual harm caused by giant African land snails found ... not much.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
A four-year puzzle has ended with the discovery of a new species of sunfish. These famously strange-looking animals are the largest bony fish in the oceans.
As much as one-third of animal species in the tropics could be eradicated if their habitats continue to be converted for monoculture farming. We can all do something to make a difference.
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Must the money raised to save wildlife always aid the most popular animals? New research suggests that marketing can persuade donors that northern hairy-nosed wombat lives matter too.